More men die from prostate cancer than women from breast cancer

Brenda Stallings

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - It comes as a shock to many that more men die of prostate cancer than women die from breast cancer.

According to the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, one in six men are diagnosed. Among African-American men, that number jumps to one in three.

The chairperson of the foundation, Michael Desselle, was diagnosed when he was only 46 years old.

"His doctor just decided on his own that he was going to start testing men at 40," said Michael's wife Susan Desselle. "And we were fortunate. Michael wouldn't have made it to 50 without it. Or maybe not even 47, his was so aggressive."

Michael said he believes there is more awareness surrounding breast cancer because women are typically more engaged in their health.

"Men do not like to talk about health," said Michael Desselle. "[My wife] can tell you about that. When I was diagnosed, I didn't want to go have a physical but I just happened to have a routine blood test and they included the PSA as part of that blood test. So men are just not in tune to their health and they don't want to talk about it where as women are much more engaged and more conscious about it."

Brenda Stallings lost her grandfather to prostate cancer.

"I think at the time, I really didn't know what kind of cancer. I just knew it was cancer because no one really wanted to talk about it," said Stallings.

She loves to run, but now she's running with reason. She's raising money and awareness for prostate cancer by running a half-marathon in all 50 states (she already has done 27) and a full marathon in all seven continents. She's heading to Paris, France next April.

Brenda says there's a two-year waiting list for the marathon in Antarctica because there's only one week when it's even possible to do.

A fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday night at 6:30 at the Tenenbaum Center at 3700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Organizers are calling it "Show Us Your Blues: A Rockin' Bowtie Affair." For more information or to get tickets, call Patrick Presley at (501) 379-8027.